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Thursday, July 6, 2006

It was an early start as we had decided to catch the local bus to the airport, so we allowed plenty of time. It turned out that the local bus was pretty convenient and we made our way there with loads of time to spare. We boarded our flight to Helsinki without any problems - our proposed jumping point to get to Estonia (as our round the world ticket didnīt allow us to fly directly).

On arrival in Helsinki we checked at the airport for the ferry tickets to Tallinn, Estonia - they were quite expensive compared to what we had expected, and as they charged a 10 EU commission we decided that it would be cheaper to pick them up at the ferry terminal.

We caught a bus into town and tried to walk down to the ferry terminal. We were a bit disorientated and managed to walk a few zigzags until we asked directions and got ourselves on track. Glenn was keen to see the main square so he convinced Christie to follow (although she was keen to get down to the terminal soon as possible to make sure we could get tickets!)

The square wasn't like the ones we had seen in Poland, it was much more modern. In fact the whole of Helsinki seemed a lot more modern and lacked the romance of some of the other cities we had seen.

We made our way down to the ferry terminal - having to choose which company first - as they all had different ports. We chose one terminal that had two companies, as one was apparently a cheaper option and the terminal was closer!

Arriving, we were dismayed that one had seats for almost 90 EU left (way out of budget), and the other, much cheaper - we had to wait until 8pm, and pay about the same as we wound have if we had got the tickets at the airport (but with a 5.30pm departure)... Glenn wasn't in the good books.

We dumped our packs into storage and wandered around a bit... buying some lunch and then later some strawberries (3.50EU for a punnet! Over $6AUS) before returning to wait for our ferry. The cost of living was so much higher here than in Poland and even though we expected it, it was still a shock and we were glad we wouldnīt be staying here for too much longer, on this trip anyway.

Finally our ferry came and we boarded... Estonia here we come!
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